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European satellite to crash to Earth by Monday

By Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 07:47 a.m. HST, Nov 10, 2013


BERLIN >> The European Space Agency says that one of its research satellites that ran out of fuel will most likely crash to Earth into the ocean or polar regions.

The agency said today the crash is expected to occur between Sunday 1:30 p.m. and Monday  7:30 p.m. EST (8:30 a.m and 2:30 p.m. in Hawaii.)

Spokeswoman Jocelyne Landeau said the satellite, GOCE, will mostly disintegrate as it comes down and "we will have only a few pieces which could be 90 kilograms at the most."

ESA said Friday that humans are 250,000 times more likely to win the lottery than to get hit by the debris.

GOCE was launched in 2009 to map the Earth's gravitational field.







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sailfish1 wrote:
"90 kilograms at the most." - That is almost 200 pounds. Any hot 200 pound of metal dropping through the atmosphere will definitely kill and destroy whatever it hits. Do they control the drop point in any manner at all?
on November 10,2013 | 09:20AM
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